I think most of you probably already know why you need a home
inspection. So why should you consider using me for your inspection?
I have over 37 years of experience in the construction field. I am a
card carrying union carpenter. I have done everything from spreading tar
on the outside of basement for waterproofing, to managing multi-million
dollar projects. Through it all, I have learned what works, what
doesn't, and most importantly, what kinds of things get overlooked during
construction, wear out from age, or just plain fail on buildings. No
offence, but your kid sister's boyfriend probably doesn't have the experience
or training to know what to look for.
2) Lack of conflicts.
I subscribe to the ideals and the pledge of the Independent Home Inspectors
of North America, which says, I will not actively solicit real estate agents for
referrals. What does this mean for you, the client? Think about it
this way, if a realtor recommends me to inspect a house he is trying to sell,
and I point out bad things about it, will he recommend me next time he has a
house to sell? Maybe, maybe not. But that kind of real-world
situation happens daily between realtors and home inspectors. The
reality is, there is the possibility for a conflict of interest that could
affect YOU then client. You will get a report from me, that is NOT
dependent upon me getting my next job from your realtor. I don't ask
realtors for referrals, and therefore don't have any reason to hold back
anything from my clients.
Let's face it, most of us like to think we can do about
everything. After all, how hard is it to see faults in a house?
Why not do your own inspection? Because your home is an emotional
investment. Why else do you think realtors use all that flowery
language..."Cute as a bug!"..."You'll simply fall in
love..."? Because buyers AND sellers become emotionally entangled in the
property they are working with. How do I know this? I've done it my
self! I missed serious issues with the house I live in because I drove
up, saw an old country farm house and 'fell in love' with it. You NEED
an unbiased person that is NOT invested in the property to OBJECTIVELY review
it for as many defects as can be reasonably found, so you can make a RATIONAL decision.
I will do
that for you. Unless you are an exceptional person, it will be very
hard for you to do that.